Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The CAO aka, the stress machine!!

One thing about sixth year which causes crazy stress to almost EVERYONE! no actually it does cause stress to EVERYONE is the CAO!! Well not so much about CAO, I'd say they're all lovely people but it's the filling out of the CAO which gets me.
 For those younger readers who haven't yet been introduced by these three horrible letters, it's what you fill out when you want to go to college, you put your college choices down on this form, in order of your preference. It sounds grand doesn't it? -Well it's not! What if you don't know what to put first!!
What if you don't know what college you want to go to!!! What if the points are unrealistic!!
What if you literally do not have a clue what you want to do at the age of eighteen for the rest of your whole entire life!!! AHHHH!!!!!!!! - *cue crying hysterically*

For me?, it's not that I don't know what I want to do it's the fact I don't know what to put first! Since fourth year I had my heart set on Journalism and New Media in UL, it all sounded fantastic that was until I really thought about it and decided I've no interest in journalism!! I really don't. I know right!! NO INTEREST IN JOURNALISM!!!! - I don't want to read newspapers, I just wanted to write them!!
I'll admit I love writing, otherwise I wouldn't be writing on the blog right now, but I would HATE to be a journalist!! I really would. It's the idea of becoming a presenter that gets me. That's my dream!! I'm a confused soul I know!
So what do I think now? Business I'd love to study business. I've always loved business!! And as I wrote before It's my dream to own my own business. Also in UL - I really love Limerick!!
Both courses are the exact same points, cost the exact same, and are both in UL. -WHAT DO I DO!!!!

I've my life planned out in my head, I'll study business in UL then get a full time job at the Limerick based radio station Spin South West work there for about five years before becoming a part time worker there and then using my business skills to become a powerful business woman. Also living in the Limerick suburbs married to Conor Murray. Doesn't it sound fantastic!! It does! Don't lie!!Realistic on the other hand, not so much.
I know it seems very unrealistic to study something and then do something completely opposite but many people I've talked to in the media industry never studied anything media related. Amy Huberman studied science and now look at her- She's no scientist!!

Someone I would like to follow the footsteps of is Spin South West presenter Nessa Mary Harney, she studied 'buzzziness' in UL and is now one of the country's top presenters in my opinion. She's hilarious!! So if she can do it, why can't I?!!!
Apart from the part she's extremely talented.....
I genuinely do not believe that the college course you choose will determine the job you will have for the rest of your life! That's what all us stressed out teenagers should be told!
 Not being told of stupid career teachers that what we put down on CAO will make us or break us for the rest of our lives!!!

As much as it stresses me out, I can honestly say it's one of the only fair systems in the world!! To CAO you're only a number, which is great! It would be handy to be able to slip someone a tenner and tell them to get me into UL, but that doesn't happen with CAO.
The main thing I learned recently anyway is that CAO does not define your life!! and that's what you need to remember! but in all seriousness...
Journalism OR Business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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